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Square Enix Releases Final Fantasy XII

Square Enix Inc. has released FINAL FANTASY XII, the latest entry in the timeless franchise that has sold more than 68 million units worldwide, which is now available in retail outlets in the U.S.

Developed exclusively for the PlayStation2, FINAL FANTASY XII has already sold more than 2.4 million units in Japan since its release on March 16, 2006, and has won numerous Game of the Month awards from the industry's top publications in America and is one of the highest-reviewed games of the year.

"FINAL FANTASY XII is the most accessible RPG yet, allowing casual and hardcore gamers to truly customize the complexity of the game to their playing style," said Daishiro Okada, president/coo, Square Enix. "We're also very pleased to be able to provide several exclusives for the North American release, including true 16:9 functionality, additional voiced CG sequences and a truly special Collector's Edition. The Collector's Edition comes with completely unique packaging, in-depth interviews with the development staff, special trailers, a history of the FINAL FANTASY series and several other features. We are extremely proud of both versions of FINAL FANTASY XII and hope gamers will enjoy our efforts."

The 12th installment in the most celebrated RPG franchise delivers an entirely new breed of RPG that seamlessly integrates exploration and combat. Offering gorgeous, sweeping landscapes and breathtaking adventure, gamers will find an immersive environment, riveting pace and gripping storytelling from the creators of the FINAL FANTASY franchise.

FINAL FANTASY XII brings innovative, never-before-seen additions to the franchise. The all-new "Gambit" system allows players to fully customize the A.I. of each party member and dictate the flow of their actions. Players may "program" party members to act effectively and intelligently in any situation. Additionally, the new "License Board" feature creates fully customizable characters that evolve and grow to the player's specifications. Players may dictate their development, raising multi-dimensional characters derived from the gamer's play style.

Storyline Two years after the fall of Dalmasca, the once proud kingdom struggles under the rule of its oppressors. Subjugated by the mighty Archadian Empire and bereft of its royal family, the kingdom clings tenuously to life. Dalmasca's future has been enslaved.

To Vaan, a young man living on the streets of Rabanastre, the Empire is a hated foe that took the life of his brother. When Vaan meets Princess Ashe, the sole surviving heir to the Dalmascan throne, the two embark on an incredible journey through Ivalice, tracing the mysteries behind the Archadian Empire's invasion. As they travel, they encounter others opposed to the Empire. Together, the choices they make will determine the very fate of the world.

Features:* Newly implemented 16:9 feature enhances graphics on widescreen televisions

* Brand-new, fully voiced cutscenes added for the North American release

* Gorgeous CG cinematics and cutscenes in Dolby Pro Logic II combined with realtime graphics rivaling those of next-gen titles

* Shocking plot twists take players on an unforgettable journey of betrayal, political intrigue and a kingdom's struggle for survival

* Active Dimension Battle (ADB) system enables players to move seamlessly between exploration and combat

* Highly customizable Gambit system allows complete control over character A.I. during battles

* License board gives the player the ability to customize each character's skills and abilities

FINAL FANTASY XII is available at North American retailers at a suggested retail price of $49.99.The Collector's Edition, offered exclusively at GameStop and EB Games stores, as well as through the e-commerce sites GameStop.com and EBgames.com, is available at a suggested retail price of $59.99.

FINAL FANTASY XII has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information about the ESRB, please visit: www.esrb.org. For the latest updates on FINAL FANTASY XII, visit: www.finalfantasyxii.com.

Square Enix Inc. (www.square-enix.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co. Ltd., with offices in Los Angeles and Seattle. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Square Enix Co. Ltd. develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia.

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